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Discussion in 'Cigar Rolling & Tobacco Growing' started by BrewinHooligan, Mar 9, 2015.
Very ugly roll
It’s actually pretty good, though
Could smoke this one every day!
Nice - do you mind sharing the blend ?
Not at all:
1/2 Nicaraguan ligero
1/2 criollo ligero
1 corojo viso
1 Brazilian viso
1 Dominican seco
CTLS1 wrapper LO
Sounds interesting. ..
I made two chavetas a while ago.
Today I sharpened them, took me a long time but learned a lot about sharpening ! (and cut myself twice)
Both are 2 mm thick, one stainless steel, the other I made from an old knife of Stihl trimmer.
So it’s one whole leaf
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I'm not following you, I'm not sure how to reply....
one whole leaf or, one whole part?
It wasn't my blend...
I replied to @Dominican56 recipe that peaked my curiosity.
I would assume it's leaf counts as that's how I tend to blend but some of the guys are a bit strict and go by weight, making it a truer ratio since leaf sizes vary so.
In the end I believe we all need a reference to look back upon to make adjustments. Whether you weigh you leaf dry, at case ready to roll, or just count leaves, you will have a ratio for your blend. Then you can adjust if you decide to from there. This just gives a starting point
So this maybe should go in the blending thread but it feels more like an adventure in home rolling so here goes.
Y'all remember @blisscigarco talking about the CV Criollo Ligero and CVVAHS blend being the bomb? I agree with him and wanted to add my new T13 viso in there but it didn't turn out the way I had hoped. So....
I've rolled a blend with a CV Criollo Ligero all the way through, .5 leaf of CVVA Habano seco in the first half, and 2 T13 viso leaves in the second half.
Should be a good transition
What do you all think?
It looks really cool but I don't have a clue how it'll smoke! I haven't pulled the trigger on that T13 since I feel like there's mixed signals out there and I'm waiting to place an order and ask for a sample. Kinda moot, though, since every blend changes radically depending on the wrapper and I'm one of the few who use FXShade.
I have a lb I haven't cracked yet and have some FX shade I haven't used much of yet too. I have been meaning to get into it, but up to my elbows in club sticks...
I really enjoy the flavor the T13 brings. It does seem, on the two occasions I've had it with the CV Criollo ligero, to have a kick of nicotine. I'm not sure whether to credit one or the other leaf, or if it's putting the two together that kicks my butt. Or I'm just a light weight....
I've experienced some strange nic amplification phenomena myself, even just today, where I smoked the second version of two versions of a blend, each with two diff kinds of ligero in it. The one that had the weakest ligero (PC) and the least amount of the strongest (Nic Esteli) had the most kick. I couldn't get through the 54x5.5. Coulda been my personal chemistry in that moment, or could have been the natural variation of nic leaf-to-leaf across a given plant.
Tomorrow it will be one CVVAHS leaf all the way through with 2 T13 visos up front and a Cibao Valley Criollo ligero in the back half. I know as individual cigars, (1 CVVA Habano seco and 2 or 3 T13 visos) or (1CV Criollo ligero and .5 CVVA Habano seco) are both good smooth smokes. Now I want to make one cigar with all three leaves but having them equally distributed hasn't had the desired result. I'm thinking that although the ligero all the way through was good, I'm hoping the seco all the way through will be delicious. Plus it was a good transition...first obvious one I've rolled. I've had flavors pass in and out, but this was an honest transition...
Tell you all tomorrow!
Didn't get to it today. Hopefully tomorrow...
It was better with ligero all the way through and the seco and viso split front and back halves.
Pretty mild for my taste, but good. It’s a month old.
Habano Nic seco
Ash holding well:
BrewinHooligan, I'm in your boat brother. I love beer so I brew a lot of it, I love coffee so I converted an old popcorn popper, I love shooting guns so I reload my own rounds. Well, I also love cigars so now after seeing your beautiful smokes on HBT, I have 100 dollars worth of tobacco on the way. Trying to get started on the cheap, so I made a one dollar chavetta. Have some scrap wood laying around, so I made a mold. Seen a DIY tuck cutter had to make one with some scrap metal and wood I have laying around. What the heck is wrong with me? If I get divorced at least I'll have coffee, beer, smokes, and my guns to help me cope.